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tv   Way Too Early With Willie Geist  MSNBC  October 18, 2012 5:30am-6:00am EDT

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good morning. i'm willie geist and this is "way too early," the show ben benched before last night's game. i'm glad you're up with us watching or listening on sirius xm radio. e-mail at waytooearly or text the word awake followed by your response to 622639. the next 30 minutes will be your cram session for this thursday, october the 18th. a lot to tell you about including the boss. bruce springsteen weighing in publicly on this presidential race. plus, another jersey boy, jon stewart celebrating the return of president obama at the debate the other night. first to the news live at 5:30 a.m. here at 30 rock in new york city. a 21-year-old college student accused of trying to detonate a
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van carrying what he believed were explosives next to the federal reserve building in manhattan. quazi nafis is from bangladesh. authorities say he came to the u.s. on a student visa in january with the purpose of launching a terrorist attack and took classes in cybersecurity before trying to contact what he thought were al qaeda operatives. turns out those contacts were undercover agents with the fbi. wnbc's jonathan dienst is the chief investigative reporter and has the latest for us. jonathan. >> reporter: almost 24 hours after his arrest mohammed nafis remains behind bars without bail on the terror conspiracy counts, investigators say he tried to drive that van here to the federal reserve bank in lower manhattan and tried to set off a 1,000-pound bomb by remote control. but all along fbi, nypd and
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homeland security officials say they were on to him monitoring his every move and even provided through informants, some of the components for the bomb that were inert and that's why this part did not work, they say. they arrested him earlier this morning after they say he made a jihadist video claiming al qaeda had won, then he apparently left the van and went and tried to set off that explosion. investigators say they are looking into other soeblts, other people he was in contact with here in new york, in missouri where he went to school and also out in san diego. they say he had been trying to recruit others to join him in this terror plot. but they said ultimately he failed in getting any supporters, ultimately he did meet with an fbi informant and that's how law enforcement authorities got on to the case, some of those meetings with that informant taking place in new york's central park where parts of this plot were discussed between the informant and the suspect and investigators say
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they've a lot on audiotape. a lot on videotape. the contents about this bomb, if it was 1,000 pounds and worked, about as big as what happened in the 1993 world trade center bombing where six were injured and -- six people were killed, more than a thousand injured but again the fbi was on to him all along so this was not a real device, officials stress no one was in any immediate danger as a result of the suspect's actions and, again, he remains behind bars on those terror counts. that is the latest from lower manhattan, willie, back to you. >> jonathan dienst of wnbc, thanks to you. he told the undercover agents he didn't want to do something small. he wanted to do something very, very big that will shake the whole country and yesterday was stopped by the fbi. in the presidential race both candidates are using moments from tuesday night's debate to hammer home their closing message in the final weeks of the campaign, we are
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under three weeks to go. president obama will be in new hampshire today. his fifth visit to the state just this year followed stops in both iowa and ohio yesterday where he looked to gain ground with women voters speaking at cornell college near cedar rapids. he took mitt romney to task for saying he received "whole binders full of women" to help fill his cabinet when he was governor of massachusetts. >> i've got to tell you we don't have to collect a bunch of binders to find qualified, talent driven young women ready to learn and teach in these fields right now. and when young women graduate they should get equal pay for equal work. that should be a simple question to answer. when governor romney was asked about it, his campaign said, we'll get back to you. that shouldn't be a complicated question. equal pay for equal work. i want my daughters paid just like somebody else's sons are paid for the same job. that's straightforward. >> vice president joe biden out on the trail appealing to female
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voters suggesting in colorado that mitt romney's positions are straight from the past. >> talk about being out of touch, it's not just the swiss bank accounts in the cayman islands, it's more than that. that, i understand him doing. i can't understand someone running for president doing but i can understand him doing it but what i can't understand is how he has gotten in this sort of 1950s time warp in terms of women. >> the republican ticket out making its own argument firing back. vice presidential nominee ryan formed by condoleezza rice. it was mr. ryan's third visit to ohio in five days. mitt romney meanwhile, spent time in virginia, a state many political observers see as a must win in his effort to beat the president. there the republican candidate aimed his economic message at a very specific audience. >> this president has failed america's women. they've suffered in terms of
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getting jobs and falling into poverty and as i go across the country and ask women what can i do to help, what they speak about day in and day out is help me find a good job or a good job for my spouse and help me kid make sure my children have a bright future, better schools and better job opportunities. that's what the women of america are concerned about and the answers are coming from us and not barack obama. >> both campaigns making their cases to women yesterday. the romney campaign also put out a new ad titled the choice highlights clips from the debate to attack the president's leadership over the past four years. >> his policies haven't worked. median income down $4300 a family and 23 million americans out of work. he said he'd cut in half the deficit. just hasn't been able to put in place reforms for medicare and social security to preserve them. that's what this election is about. it's about who can get the middle class in this country a
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bright and prosperous future and to assure our kids the kind of hope and optimism they deserve. i'm mitt romney, and i approve this message. >> looking at the money now being spent in this race, the president's campaign quickly approaching $300 million. that's in 2012 ad spending nearly double that of mitt romney's team. only part of the story. when you look at what outside groups did, allies of mitt romney tipped the spending scales in his favor. no surprise here. the three states that attracted the most attention with those, florida, ohio and virginia. some other campaign news, mitt romney's son tagg went a little off script during a radio interviewed when asked about tuesday's debate. tagg said the president's attacks on his father made him want to jump out of his seat and rush down to the debate stage and take a swing at him. tagg continuing by saying, but you know you can't do that because, first, there's eight lot of secret service between you and him and this is the nature of the process. they'll do everything they can
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to try to make my dad into one he's not. we signed up for it. we have to take our punches and send them right back the other way. on the other side, bruce springsteen made his endorsement of president obama official offering his support in an open letter on his website. the boss will be campaigning for the president today in the state of iowa and tonight both presidential candidates wrap up their days in new york city at the annual alfred e. smith memorial foundation dinner honoring the state's late governor. in the final weeks of the campaign, new york city mayor michael bloomberg will have a new influence on politicians launching his own super pac. it will support moderate candidates in state, local and congressional races who show a willingness to work in a bipartisan fashion. that will fund issue-based campai campaigned. the independent mayor plans to spend between $10 million and $15 million of his own money on the effort.
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overseas, there are some developments in syria's long-running civil war. according to "the wall street journal" they've obtained shoulder fired missiles that have the potential to reshape the conflict there allowing opposition forces to respond to the syrian military's use of armed aircraft. this unverified video appears to show a downed syrian military helicopter, one of four aircraft that were brought down this week. the advanced weapons apparently smuggled in through turkey and not approved by the regional powers that are aiding the opposition. u.s. hovel officials have long feared the heavy arms could end up in the hands of anti-american militias or even terrorists. to business now where encouraging new numbers from the housing market indicate an upturn from an industry decim e decimated by the financial crisis. a report shows housing starts in september reached their highest level since july of 2008. let's get an early look at the markets with steve sedgwick.
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he has more on that from london. good morning. >> yeah, very good morning to you. great numbers but off a low base. we must remember before the crisis breaking ground on new homes at the rate of 2 million a year. this time around we saw a 15% increase from the previous figures up to 872,000. and that's a very, very strong figure considering where we come from, housing permits for new ones as well running to the highest level in four years. strong in the south and west. only area where didn't see growth was in the northeast of the country. building materials company have arrived well in the market. elsewhere, out of asia, chinese economy growing at a slower pace but still growing pretty well. the western world would love 7.4% growth figures but that's what they came in with this time around matching expectations for the third quarter. now that is down significant will from the 10% they averaged for pretty much the last 30 years but there's good sign on investments spending on retail sales and industrial production
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as well and have a big leadership change coming in china later on this year and that is as we move into the important phase in china as well. pretty good news i would say coming out of china. back to you. >> we'll take it where we can get it. still ahead on "way too early" we have game three of the nlcs. cardinals and giants, no game four after rain washed out the tigers and yankees. doesn't mean there's not a lot of news about a-rod. could he be packing his bags. stephen colbert zeros in on the report that mitt romney had to practice sitting on a barstool for the debate the other night. 1998 bombings of the u.s. embassies. >> al qaeda stands charged,
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tried, convicted and sentenced for terror. it is 5:45 a.m.
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button as you look at a beautiful piece of camera work, jefferson memorial pulling back to the washington monument. a check on your weather by bill karins. >> good morning. while most were sleeping well mississippi got hit by a couple of tornadoes where some of the damage was done. a couple thousand without power. lots of trees down, thankfully haven't heard any reports of fatalities from the tornadoes last night but they were by greenville near yahoo city and outside meridian that happened a couple hours ago. they weakened as they moved into southern portions of alabama. notice where mobile is on the bottom. still pretty strong line of storms heading down for north florida. for the most part the tornado threat is over. today, the huge storm that caused all the problem at the
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baseball games continue to spin itself up over top of wisconsin. a cloudy, cool raw day. windy too in the northern plains. still light areas like detroit, pittsburgh and then scattered storms as we go throughout the day down through the southeast. after dark as that front approaches the east coast we could severe storms, isolated, not widespread but from washington, d.c., archbishop all the way down through north carolina especially late this evening we could see damaging winds, the forecast for tomorrow, willie, does not look good and the advice i have to give everyone in new england from new york city up through the northeast. if you can travel today talking to airlines do it today. tomorrow morning at this time it's going to be pouring. >> i got to ask you to do me a solid dear, dear sister-in-law is getting married in new york city. clear that rain out. >> tomorrow. >> do it later afternoon and evening the better. >> okay, that's what we're doing. thanks so much. to sports now. the cardinals and giants split the first two games and san francisco setting up a big game
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three yesterday in st. louis. we'll pick it up in the third. giants have a 1-0 lead. carpenter, the sub coming in for the injured beltran. he left with a knee injury. he hits a hiding slanger off matt cain. that was the decisive blow in the game as cardinals win 3-1 after a 3 1/2-hour rain delay in the seventh inning and take a 2-1 lead in the series going into tonight's game four again in st. louis. in the american league the yankees extended their season but not with a win. game four of the alcs rained out in detroit. played at 4:00 eastern time. alex rodriguez was not scheduled to be in the lineup for the second straight night benched again and before the game a-rod spoke about being removed by his manager. >> i'm not happy bit. you come to the ballpark feeling that you can help the team win and, you know, when you see your name is not in the lineup you're
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obviously disappointed and we got to shift to being a cheerleader and also make sure that you're ready when your number is called. bottom line is any time i'm in any lineup i think that lineup is better and has a better chance. it's a win. i don't care if it's an all-star game. i feel i can bring that and i'm also at any point ready to break through. i put my bats in some of those games and i hit two rockets and any time i'm in the game, it can change. >> he weighed in on that same press gaggle about a story first reported by "the new york post" that said a-rod had a baseball delivered to a couple of female fans requesting it be returned with their phone numbers. this was a couple of games ago in new york when he had been benched. that happened after he was taken out of the game one of the alcs. a team source and yankees team source after all the denials confirmed the story yesterday to espn saying the whole incident was, quote, witnessed in the
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dugout. yesterday a-rod was asked about that. >> are you being punished because of what was in the paper the other day with the girls and the balls. >> i addressed that yesterday and said it was laughable. you know, i've been here a long time in new york and i think nine years and i've never addressed anything from page 6. i never addressed anything from gossip columns. we're here to cover baseball and, you know, i think some of the criticism out there is very fair and i can live with it. move on. you don't worry about it too much. >> as if there weren't enough drama surrounding in brian cashman was forced to deny an early report that the yankees are looking to deal a-rod to the marlins. a suggestion, i believe, came first from mike barnicle yesterday on "morning joe." isn't that right? cashman said "i've had no discussions with the marlins.
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certainly would never have any trade discussions under the circumstances." despite cashman's statement, the new york tabloids already having a field day with this. a-goner says "the new york post" and "the new york daily news," mike calling a-rod a damned yankee. he does have a full no-trade clause in his contract and is due $114 million over the next five years so they would have to eat an awful lot of that before they traded him. a look at college hoops, "the usa today" coach's poll out yesterday. the indianahoosiers, louisville, kentucky, ohio state and michigan, the big ten represent represented. coming up, president obama using those binders full of women as a blunt instrument against mitt romney out on the campaign trail but will tuesday night's debate have a lasting impact on this race? we'll knock that around with our "morning joe" crew.
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when we come back we'll huddle around the water cooler to watch jon stewart rejoicing last night in the revival of president obama at that debate. "way too early" coming right back. ah. fire bad! just have to fire roast these tomatoes.
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we told you at the top of the show a 2 is-year-old bangladeshi national was arrested in an undercover fbi sting operation. after he attempted to detonate what he thought were 1,000 pounds worth of explosives near the new york federal reserve. just two blocks from where the world trade center once stood in lower manhattan. want to sound smart tell your friend as cording to the new york city police department and ray kelly new york has been the target of 15 terror plots since september the 11th, 2001. over 1,000 police officers are assigned to prevent terrorism every day in new york city. but off to real news. let's huddle up around the water cooler to watch jon stewart celebrate president obama's awakening at the tuesday night's presidential debate. >> what governor romney said just isn't true. >> it's alive! it's alive! whoo! whoo!
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[ applause ] >> yes, president barack obama decided to attend this debate. and the two candidates can final i have a truthfully substantive discussion about how much they [ bleep ] hate each other. >> governor, we have produced more oil -- >> no, no, how much did you cut licenses? >> we can make a profit. >> on government lands. >> is down. >> no, it isn't. >> it's down 14% and production -- >> it's just not true. >> i'll get there -- it wasn't a question. >> i believe you meant to add mother [ bleep ]. it wasn't a question, mvp mvp. mr. bleep. >> stephen colbert focused in on one particular part of that debate. >> we're told they have
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practiced to such a level of detail that he even was preparing how he sits and there's a good reason for that. he's going to be sitting on a barstool and mitt romney is a mormon so he doesn't spend a lot of time on barstool as cording to his aides because he doesn't drink. >> yes. that's true. that's true. you should know that. only people who drink know how to sit on stools. that's why whenever you see someone successfully sitting on one, that is an early sign of alcoholism. seek help, please. the guy falling off the stool, that's your designated driver. and that's why last night's debate, i got to tell you, i mean it was such a challenge for mitt. lack of stool experience. i mean, where would mitt have seen one? his kitchen counter? everybody knows the romney family eats standing at podiums. >> it's so good. still ahead on "way too early"
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